Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Me & Mine June

Phew! June was a very busy month here, I am glad it's over and we can now breathe and relax for the next month. Thankfully it was busy in a good way though.

June saw us celebrating Luke's 2nd birthday, it's so hard to believe he's 2 already! We had a family get together the day of his actual birthday and then his party 2 days later. The weather was lovely, we had a bouncy castle, Fireman Sam everything and loads of was a great day! He thoroughly enjoyed himself and he hasn't had too may tantrums since turning 2 ;)

The OH and I along with some friends went to see The Coronas in concert in Live at the Marquee in Cork, as usual they were outstanding and we had a great night off parent duty and hanging out with some friends.

We've been doing lots of reorganising in the house, getting rid of some junk. A few walls need to be painted to freshen the place up now. The garden has also come on so much more! we finally have grass, yay! It took ages to grow but now that it has the garden looks lovely. Luke loves to help out by doing some digging and watering the plants with his watering can.

The last weekend of the month I was away in Newcastle for 2 days on a hen party, needless to say I have still not caught up with my sleep. It was a great weekend though and Newcastle seems like a brilliant city, I'll have to go back there and explore it properly. I really missed the 2 boys at home though and was so happy to see my little guy running up to me in the airport upon my return.

We've had some lovely warm weather too and it's just wiped me out of all of my energy! Obviously this kind of weather is great but seeing as we don't get it all that often it takes time to readjust.

I had a quick visit to the Doctor this month as I am suffering from sciatica and muscle spasms from an old car crash injury, not very pleasant. If anyone has an helpful alternative remedies for these problems please do share!

This month also saw Luke figure out how to climb on the window nerves! We now need to go and buy some window restricters. We really can't take our eyes off him for 2 seconds.

July, I'm hoping is going to be a quiet and relaxed month, I think we need it after the rush that was June.

Here we are in June, the first one on Luke's actual birthday and the other the day of his party:

This month Luke loves:

  • Making a duck face
  • Pretending our dog Murphy is a horse
  • Walking through the fields with Grandad
This month Dad loves:
  • Seeing the grass grow in the garden
  • A boys weekend with Luke
  • Going to a concert
This month Mum loves:
  • A girls weekend away
  • Celebrating Luke turning 2
  • Enjoying the sunshine

Weigh In Wednesdays

Right new start and all that jazz! Well it's a not a new start really, I'm just getting back on the weightloss wagon again.
If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that last year I joined Slimming World and had a very successful 6 weeks, I lost 1 stone and 1 pound all through following the Extra Easy plan. Then Christmas came and it went, then Valentines day came and it went and then Easter came and it went and I realised I'd spent 4 months going up 1 or 2 pound and then down 1 or 2 pound, still staying at my stone loss but making no real progress. I became disillusioned with my weekly weigh in at SW as all along I weighed at home straight after my SW weigh in and I always matched, always weighed at the same time and in the same place when all of a sudden SW were beginning to weigh me 3 pounds heavier than at home anyway it added to my lack of motivation and I discontinued going to my SW group, Needless to say I still haven't made any progress.

That is about to change now though, today, Wednesday, is my new weigh in day. I can't commit to a weekly weigh in with SW for the next couple of months as my shifts at work are different every day as we go through the Summer season and I want to weigh in at the same time and day every week but I will be following the EE plan as best I can as well as meal planning and getting in a bit of exercise where I can too. I will report back every Wednesday with an update of what I've been eating that week, exercise if any that I've been doing and whether it's been a loss or a gain.

My aim at the moment is to lose 1 stone first. Once I have reached my target I will then treat booking my next tattoo! I have finally decided on my next design which has taken me 2 years to find so I will book my appointment with the tattoo artist as soon as I've reached that first target as my reward. I am not going to but a time on it put I am thinking in around the 12 week mark but am not going to panic if not. The slower and steadier the weightloss the easier it is to keep off, right?!

I'm really looking forward to sharing my journey and I'm hoping that by having to report back every Wednesday it will also give me that bit more motivation that I need.

Are you on a weightloss journey at the moment? I'd love to hear how you're doing it :)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

I seem to have become obsessed with baking cupcakes lately, different flavours and colours, the more colourful the better! My waistline might not thank me come weigh in day but what the hell.

This latest batch of cupcakes went down a storm with my co workers¬

Starting off with my reliable, 6, 6, 6 and 3 base, in case you haven't seen my cupcake recipe before, it's:

6oz Self Raising Flour
6oz Caster Sugar
6oz Cooking Butter
3x Eggs
Goodalls Orange Essence
Orange Food Colouring

  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Sieve your flour and add it one third at a time, alternating with the eggs. Leave it whizz around in the food mixer while you prepare your cases
  • Add 1 and a half teaspoons of orange essence and mix
  • Add your food colouring
  • Put approximately 3 tablespoons of Nutella into a bowl and soften it up until it's a bit runny
  • Fill up your cake cases with the cake mixture, approximately 3 quarters 
  • Add a dollop of Nutella on to the cake mixture in each case
  • Using a cocktail stick, swirl the Nutella through the cake mixture and smooth the top of the mixture
  • Bake on 170 degrees for approximately 20 - 25mins in a pre heated oven
  • Once cooled down, top them with butter cream icing. I added a teaspoon of cocoa and a drop of orange essence to my icing this time

Friday, 12 June 2015

2 Years Old

2 years old today, 24 months if you still like to count in months at this age. I cannot believe I am the mama of a 2 year old, my baby has left the building and in his place is a witty, charming, intelligent, kind hearted, handsome toddler.
It's so incredibly hard to imagine my life before this little scamp came into it, what was my driving force everyday when everything I do now is for him?
These last 2 years have been amazing, hard and frustrating too but amazing more than anything.

I'm still tired, I can probably count the number of lie ins I've had on one hand as well as full nights sleep!
I'm still going through this journey cautiously and unknowing, somewhat blindly but each day that passes it brings a new knowledge, something we didn't know the day before but something we will remember the next time.

When I think back to the 1st birthday celebrations last year, I was far more emotional, I mean it had been a challenging year navigating my way with a newborn and a complete change of lifestyle but this time around, Luke turing 2, I'm excited.

I'm so looking forward to watching my little guy come even more into his own in the next year, he's such an independent dude and so clued in that everyday he amazes me with something new. He is wonderful company, he loves to sit on the couch for "cuddles" in the evening with me or stand up at the kitchen sink to do some "washing" or go out into the garden to water the plants and do some "weeding". He's a great help around the house ;)
I'm excited to see his relationships develop. Him and his Grandad are like partners in crime, going off on adventures in the countryside, he likes to help his Nanna peels the vegetables for dinner, he annoys the life out of his cousin Katie but loves her just as much and his cousin Kellie doesn't get 5 minutes rest when he's around because he insists she goes outside with him. It's so great to watch him interact with everyone.
There's a lot of exciting times ahead for my boy and us as a family.

So to you, my little Lukey, we love you and 2 is going to be a great year for us all :)

Happy Birthday Buddy! 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

12 Things I've Learned In 12 Months #2

Another 12 months has gone by, quite quickly I might add! They have been eventful to say the least and as always we are on a constant learning curve as parents.

So we approach the 2nd birthday tomorrow, here's another 12 things that we've learned in these last 12 months:

  1. Not so much learned but realised that I may never get to go to the bathroom in the morning on my own ever again...seriously he HAS to come with me! Sometimes he even tries to sit on my lap, I mean c'mon kid give me a break, 2 minutes first thing is all I ask for!
  2. That I could hate Fireman Sam, I loved him as a kid and I'm kinda sad about this but watching the same episodes daily for the last 10 months is slowly but surely making me lose my mind.
  3. No matter how many different kinds of drinks I offer Luke, smoothie, plain water, flavoured water, orange bottle, purple bottle he will always, strongly, with tears most times, refuse them all and then demand the first choice I'd offered him in the beginning! Jeeeez...I can't win.
  4. I can no longer fob him off with baby versions of things he wants play with or use - a hammer, not his plastic child friendly one, he wants the big one from Grandad's shed, he doesn't want his small and not as sharp children's cutlery, oh no he wants the adult stuff, not an extra set from the drawer though, he wants my knife and fork, the ones I'm using at the time of eating, he's been known to whip it out of my hand mid mouthful!
  5. Chocolate will always diffuse a hairy situation! I was quite proud this time last year when I could say that Luke wasn't phased by chocolate, he had a much more savoury tooth...Pah! That wasn't long changing, the mere mention of the word can halt a possible tantrum, bad parenting I get it but sometimes  a lot of times it's called for.
  6. Don't EVER tell anyone when the toddler decides to sleep well, be it all night, a sleep in or just sleeping for longer stretches because as soon as you do, BANG!'ve jinxed it and they are awake all night again.
  7. It is possible to fall back to sleep with a 1 year old climbing on your head / kicking you in the back / whispering in your ear / generally wriggling around 360 degrees in the bed, the tiredness just overtakes us sometimes that I think we could sleep through a bomb explosion.
  8. Water can be so much fun! Seriously give this boy a old spray bottle filled with water and a dish brush and he will amuse himself in the garden for ages while he's "cleaning".
  9. I can no longer speak without watching what I say, he repeats EVERYTHING!
  10. He has NO fear which means I have ALL the fear! 
  11. That 4 little words could break my heart - "Cuddles couch, mum peeease" - being said to me as I'm rushing us out the door to get Luke to his aunty's house and me to work and he's looking at me with a pleading look in his eye and asking me to sit on the couch for cuddles, tears spring up in my eyes as I promise him I will do exactly that later on, as soon as I'm home, just not right now...
  12. No matter what kind of day we have had, he always wants his Mum cuddles at bedtime, which just reminds me that no matter what, he will always be my baby whatever age he is.

This year Luke has learned how to use that smile and his charm on all of us to his advantage :)